GOP Seeks Consensus on Debt Ceiling

Congress is out of session until early September but Republican leaders are looking at a potential firestorm over the debt ceiling when they return. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) are leaning toward passing a “clean” debt ceiling increase before the government exceeds its borrowing authority on Sept. 29, but… Read more »

GOP Leaders Ready to Move On from Health Care

Senate Republicans signaled this week they are prepared to move on from health care to other legislative priorities, though President Trump continues to pressure Congress to try again to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Last week, the Senate failed to pass a straight repeal of Obamacare as well as a bare-bones bill to repeal the… Read more »

Democrats Urge Bipartisan Tax Reform Effort

With congressional Republicans seeking to pivot from health care to tax reform after the August recess, Senate Democrats this week said they are willing to work across the aisle to craft a bipartisan plan to overhaul the tax code. In a letter sent Tuesday to President Trump and GOP leaders, 45 of the 48 Democratic… Read more »

Republicans Shift to ‘Skinny’ Repeal Plan

After the Senate rejected a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday night, Senate leaders are now working to round up enough votes for a bare-bones bill to repeal the ACA’s individual and employer mandates and the medical device tax. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is aiming for a vote on Friday,… Read more »

‘Big Six’ Unify Around Tax Reform Framework

Administration officials have worked with congressional Republicans to draft a set of broad guidelines for enacting comprehensive tax reform later this year. The plan highlights areas of agreement among congressional tax-writing committees and the Trump administration, including a lower tax rate for all American businesses and incentives for American companies to bring back jobs and… Read more »